Traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday will be on the rise and more state troopers, county sheriffs, deputies, and local police will be out to make sure drivers and passengers are properly using their seat belts.
Arkansas law enforcement officers will participate in the holiday Click It or Ticket campaign. The stepped-up enforcement covers a seven day period beginning Monday, November 20th.
Seat belt usage has been proven to save lives and with millions of Americans on the road during the holiday, law enforcement officers want to make certain everyone gets to their destination and returns home safely.
The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to save lives by combining powerful messages to the public about seat belt safety with increased law enforcement patrols aimed at unbuckled motorists.
“More than half of the people who died in fatal traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period of 2015 were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “This year we’ll be out in full force looking for drivers and passengers who are not buckled up. Violators will be pulled over and ticketed.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday period (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, through 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 30), there were 301 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. 53 percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.